My treatment approach emphasizes a collaborative process of deep understanding of your personal and unique life journey for the purpose of improving or enhancing your wellbeing. Within a safe, empathic, and highly respectful environment, my goal is to help you make sense of where you've been and where you are now so you can create the future you want. As an experienced therapist and psychoanalyst with advanced certifications, I work with a wide array of problems and concerns. Special areas of expertise are trauma, anxiety, transitions, and loss.
Therapy at West Woods provides an opportunity to take a look at what is important in your life! If you feel stuck, unsettled and/or would like to address issues individually, as a couple or as a family, this is a great place to start. I am a Marriage and Family therapist who utilizes Imago therapy to facilitate communication in a respectful and loving way.
Artful as a woodland fox, gentle as a feather. These symbols represent my therapeutic style in working with adult female clients. I believe that my role as therapist is simply to help clients uncover that which they already possess. My passion is guiding individuals inward, towards a personal sense of wholeness. I find this is achieved through techniques that connect mind, body, and spirit. As an art therapist, clients have the option to use art materials during our sessions as a form of expression in conjunction with talk therapy. The creative process often becomes a powerful tool for healing.
I'm a licensed clinical social worker experienced working with children, adults, and families. I believe that healing and growth are possible regardless of the pain or challenges that people experience and have faced. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University following my undergraduate education from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in International Studies with a focus on Conflict Resolution. Initially, interested in resolving global conflict, I learned the greatest conflicts in the world lie within us and between us in our daily lives.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma that often accompanies major life transitions (launching to adulthood, birth of a baby, career shifts, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship/divorce, health crisis). Life transitions impact our identity, our relationships and our sense of Self, often in ways we don’t expect. If a life event feels overwhelming or is keeping you stuck in patterns of thinking/behaving that no longer serve you, let's talk. EMAIL inquiries are the most efficient way to reach me.
Although I spend part of the year in San Francisco, I am still working with clients in Connecticut. I have a beautiful new office in Guilford, located on the shoreline between New haven and New London. Due to my older son located in CT, I find myself visiting often. With most of my services occurring through Zoom, I have decided to make myself available in both states.
I work with children and adolescents in preventing, diagnosing and treating psychological problems and mental and behavioral health disorders . I work directly with teens and pre-teens to help them with various struggles of life and how to develop better coping skills to understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives. I use multiple modalities, approaches to address and target presenting issues.
**CURRENTLY FULL*** HIPAA COMPLIANT TELEHEALTH VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. If you’re experiencing relationship difficulties, having trouble adjusting to a life change (moving, divorce, new child) or would like support in another area of your life then I will work with you with a positive and encouraging strength based approach. I believe it is important to explore your relationships and look at what has worked well for you and improve upon areas that haven't in order to make positive changes in your life. With some support and motivation you will be able to improve upon your relationships and your own well being.
I am privileged to facilitate the exploration and personal growth of clients with concerns such as family-of-origin difficulties, self-esteem, personhood, sense of self, and problems related to histories of childhood abuse. My practice is founded upon my steadfast belief that each and every one of us is doing the best we can, given the circumstances in which we find ourselves. I take a strengths-based approach and seek to create an environment in which each unique client is able to find the emotional safety, trust, and freedom necessary to facilitate growth.
Today's world is full of uncertainty and division and if you, like many of my friends, family and clients, are seeking someone to help you process your thoughts, I'd like to offer my services. Many times people need support and some guidance in getting their thoughts and actions sorted out. For many of us there isn't much precedence for how to manage life in a pandemic/post pandemic world. Relationships change, parenting becomes harder, and internally people struggle with who they are and life's purpose. If you need help sorting any of this out please reach out.
Creating an LGBTQ+ affirming and trauma-informed space is the priority of my practice. Connecting with my clients to ensure that they build trust within our therapeutic relationship and within themselves is vitally important. I believe everyone has inherent strengths and I would be honored to share in your process as you strive towards reaching self-fulfillment and meaning. For some, this may be a journey in uncovering your most authentic selves.
Anxiety, Depression and addiction are the most common issues around the world. Are you a student who is having difficulty in these areas? Or maybe a young professional who has been having a hard time? What about the parent who needs a little help sometimes. I can help you. My warm and empathetic nature will help you to feel comfortable and open to work on making some changes. I would love to help you be the best version of yourself.
Are you feeling sad, worried, or generally out of sorts? Feeling like something is missing but don't know what? I'd like to help. I bring over twenty-five years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy to my practice in Guilford, CT. I've spent many years successfully working with people who are struggling with these exact issues and more. I offer free phone consultations....please give me a call! Together we can figure out how to give you the best help possible.
I adjust to my clients, meeting them where they are when they begin while pushing them forward and onto accomplishing their goals. I balance tenderness with truth and believe strongly that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor in success.
How will you know when your life has improved? What will be the signs? How will you be different? Can you envision that difference? With over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I will use these questions to begin the process of helping you to find new possibilities for fulfillment and relief from emotional pain. I have extensive experience helping adults and adolescents with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, addictions, interpersonal relationship problems, and life transitions. After identifying therapy goals, we'll outline a plan to help you work through your barriers to change.
Hi, and thanks for visiting my profile! I use a cognitive behavioral therapy called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which includes mindfulness techniques and defining your values. Research shows that ACT is effective for a wide range of client issues. I treat anxiety (including OCD and panic disorder), depression, adjustment issues, difficulty with life transitions, marital issues, career/academic stress, and relationship problems. I also really enjoy assisting with parenting issues, women's issues, and postpartum adjustment. I have a background in child clinical psychology so feel well equipped to help with parenting.
Ready to punch the next person who says “Everything happens for a reason” or “Time heals all wounds”? You know that none of us make it to adulthood without experiencing loss. Everyone is grieving something. But it doesn't stop the crushing weight in your chest first thing in the morning. It also feels like snapping at your kids when you don’t mean to, being extra clumsy, exhausted, numb, or nursing a pervasive brain fog. The grief comes in waves; battering you, crashing into you, knocking you breathless to your knees. You may not see how yet but you will get through this, and I’m here as your guide and support along the way.
Seeking support can be a difficult decision and process! I am a compassionate and responsive counselor who listens, but also provides clients with effective tools and strategies to manage life’s difficult situations. I see each client as unique and having different needs, therefore my work is mostly grounded in a person centered approach. By also incorporating cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches, I help clients meet their personal goals.
Currently my work is focussed on helping clients use the unique opportunity of psychotherapy to explore and understand feelings, thoughts and behaviors that contribute to some difficulties they might be having. Goals can be to learn about oneself, and find self acceptance, provide emotional relief, make and sustain satisfying relationships and make good choices going forward. Choosing to begin psychotherapy is an important decision and it is essential to find a good match between client and therapist so I encourage people to make an initial appointment to see whether we should take this journey together.
If you are going through a transition or wish to make changes in your life, I could assist you with creative suggestions, constructive feedback and valuable support. If it is a relationship that is of concern, I have worked with couples for over forty years on a variety of issues with the focus on effective communication and conflict resolution whether it be to bring about a more fulfilling and committed relationship or separation and divorce. I offer a safe and supportive environment in which you can work out your issues.
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